Thursday, May 8, 2008

Packer Takes a Stand

The Christian Post recently posted an article about J.I. Packer's departure from the rank liberal Anglican Church in Canada saying:

J.I. Packer, one of the world's most renowned evangelical theologians, left the Anglican Church of Canada, citing "poisonous liberalism" in the church body.

Packer, 81, who was named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the world by Time magazine in 2005, quit the Canadian arm of the global Anglican Communion with 10 other B.C. Anglican clergy last week, he said, according to The Vancouver Sun. They joined the more conservative and orthodox Province of the Southern Cone in South America.

The Oxford-trained theologian said he can no longer serve under Vancouver-area Bishop Michael Ingham, arguing that he "appears heretical." Ingham had sanctioned in 2002 same-sex blessings in the British Columbia diocese of New Westminster, sparking international uproar.

It is refreshing to see someone take a stand and go against the grain these days of compromise. May Packer be the first of many more who will hopefully follow in his footsteps in taking a stand for truth!